I. A Psychoanalytic Theory of Self Creation 1. Potential Space in Psychoanalytic Therapy 2. The Future as Intrinsic to the Psychoanalytic Process 3. The Therapist's Vision of the Patient 4. Therapeutic Action as the Creation of Meaning 5. Psychoanalytic Therapy as the Art of Possibilities 6. The Analyst's Process: The Mind of the Other II. Clinical Applications 7. The Disowned Body 8. Depression: The Collapsed Self 9. Relinquishing Bad Objects 10. Healing Narcissistic Wounds 11. Conclusion
Frank Summers, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University and holds faculty positions both at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. A member of the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Psychology, Dr. Summers maintains a private practice in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Chicago. His previous book, Object Relations Theories and Psychopathology: A Comprehensive Text (TAP, 1994), has been hailed as the best available survey of contemporary psychoanalytic theory and technique.
"In this erudite and stimulating book, Summers demonstrates psychoanalytic theorizing at its best. Summers is an original thinker and, obviously, a compassionate and committed therapist. But he also serves as a model of how we can learn from each other, and how we, as theoretical pioneers, can explore the theoretical terrain of our colleagues without colonizing or laying waste to their lands. Of all the great gifts in this book, Summers offers this one throughout: he comes in peace." - David Anderegg, Ph.D., Psychologist-Psychoanalyst "Drawing on several rich traditions within psychoanalytic writing, Summers provides an original and necessary view of how psychoanalytic psychotherapy can facilitate change of the self. His many clinical examples demonstrate his thesis and give the reader a down-to-earth sense of how to go about doing what Summers proposes." - Christopher Bollas, Ph.D., Author, Dark at the End of the Tunnel "Summers offer a substantial development of Winnicott's perspective, contending that change does not occur through understanding alone, but rather requires the specific recognition of the patient's potential for agency and the welcoming of her spontaneous gestures. Deftly merging philosophical erudition with practical experience, Summers takes us to the heart of the clinical enterprise, the ability to uncover the seeds of a possible future beneath the familiar layers of yesterday's repetitions. Saturated with the details of live interaction, tuned in to the small voice of desire, Self Creation strives to teach the unteachable: how to listen." - Jessica Benjamin, Ph.D., Author, Like Subjects, Love Objects "Summers' approach to therapy is challenging and inovative and carries the intersubjective to new levels that deserve thoughtful consideration." -W.W. Meisnner, S.J., M.D. in Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, Vol. 71, No. 3 (Summer 2007)